Not How Much Is Your Gold

by Vincent Godfrey Burns (1893-1979)

Not how much is your gold,
Not how great are your lands;
How kind is your heart?
How clean are your hands?

Not knowledge nor pride,
Not a crown nor a creed;
Have you found the good life,
Have you helped those in need?

What good did you find
On your way to the goal?
How broad is your mind?
How sweet is your soul?

Not How Much Is Your Gold


“We who regard the inside of the world,

We look at the heart and disregard the outside.

The judges who confine their views to externals

And base their decisions on outward appearances,

As they testify and make outward show of faith,

Are straightway dubbed faithful by men of externals.

Therefore these heretics, who regard only externals,

Have secretly shed the blood of many true believers.

Strive then to be old in wisdom and in faith,

That, like Universal Reason, you may see within.”


Black and white photo of person standing at the entrance of a cave.